Block Plan Architecture and Interior Design is a design studio based in Cape Town. We work on a wide range of projects, from high-end residential homes and custom-designed furniture to apartments and commercial spaces. Our design approach is informed by the nature of block plans: drawings of buildings and layouts in their most simplified form. Block Plan Architecture and Interior Design therefore focuses on transforming simple, essential ideas and executing concepts in intelligent ways.

We are interested in using materials in their natural form, often including timber and raw steel, but with strong attention to detail. We look for creative, sustainable design opportunities, offer support from sketch designs to construction detailing, and guide projects through council approval processes. Our focus is on high-impact, honest design that has integrity and that will outlast fads and fashions.

Meet The Team


Prieur van der Merwe

Prieur van der Merwe (Pr.Arch 20506) has practiced in London (Walter Menth & Graeme Little; Hamilton Associates) and New York (Rosenberg & Kolb). His previous South African employers include DHK, Arthur Quinton, Darryl Croome, and Bam Architects.


Ruben Rossouw

Ruben Rossouw began his career at Greg Wright Architects in Cape Town. Elle Decor awarded him first prize in the 2011 Solve New Talent Search.


Gordon Hubbard

Gordon Hubbard began his career in exhibition and retail design, and furthered his interests in architectural construction and technical interior detailing at Greg Wright Architects in Cape Town.


Gido van Eeden

Architect Gido van Eeden completed his formal education at the University of the Free State. His goal is to shape the built environment by creating meaningful and appropriate works of architecture.


Big Mac

Studio mascot McGyver (a.k.a. Big Mac) makes sure each project allows for ultimate comfort.

Gordon and Ruben’s thoughts and ideas were always fresh, resulting in designs which are visually exciting and functionally excellent.
We would wholeheartedly recommend Block Plan to other potential clients undertaking projects similar to our own.

- Desmond O’Reilly



Elle Decor Solve New Talent Search first prize: Ruben Rossouw

What caught the judges’ eye: The interpretation of protea petals on the base and use of natural wood and steel is on trend. The beautiful organic pattern is an unusual form for cast metal, which gives the stool a jewellery like quality. This is a great showpiece.


Europcar "T- rex task light" recycled car parts competition third prize: Ruben Rossouw

As the lead sponsor of Green Office Week, we aim to raise awareness of green and ultimately sustainability issues amongst offices and businesses in South Africa. Using recycled car parts was the main aspect of this brief.

Some Of Our Recent Projects